Mr Servando José Florentino Oviés y Rodríguez

Mr Servando Jose Florentino Ovies y Rodriguez, 36, was born on 21 February 1876 in Aviles, Northern Spain, the son of Ramon Ovies and Maria del Carmen Rodriguez.

He worked for the family firm of Rodriguez & Co. who were in the import business and based in Havana. In 1912 he was living in Havana with his wife Eva Lopez del Vallardo and son, Ramon Servando. Eva filed a claim for $75,000 for the loss of his life and $2800 for the loss of property.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a first class passenger (ticket number PC 17562, £27 14s 5d). He occuppied cabin D-43.

Ovies died in the sinking, his body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#189):

NO. 189. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 28. - HAIR, DARK.

CLOTHING - Black coat and vest; blue serge pants; grey shirt, marked "J. R."

NO MARKS.

PROBABLY A SAILOR.

The body was eventually identified by J. A. Rodriguez of Rodriguez & Co., Havana. It was initially buried at Fairview Cemetery in Halifax on 3 May but was exhumed and reburied in the Catholic Mount Olivet Cemetery on 15 May 1912.

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© Bill Fowler, Canada.

 

Comment and discuss

  1. Marcelino Cortina said:

    One of the passengers in the list, Ovies y Rodriguez, Mr. Servando, is more or less a phantom. No details at all about his family (New York?, Spain?) are found in the site. He died in the sinking, and is buried in Halifax. He boarded in Cherbourg. And maybe he was related to the company H.B. Claflin & Co., New York city, who claimed the body to be buried. The Claflin had 12 cases of cotton laces inside the Titanic. I'm really interested in knowing more about Mr. Ovies and his past, because he maybe was originally from my province in Spain. Help welcome. Marcelino Cortina Oviedo, Spain

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Credits

Hermann Söldner, Germany
Craig Stringer, UK
Geoff Whitfield, UK

References and Sources

Record of Bodies and Effects: Passengers and Crew, S.S. Titanic (Public Archives of Nova Scotia) (#189)
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2013) Servando José Florentino Oviés y Rodríguez (ref: #225, last updated: 8th October 2013, accessed 9th August 2020 03:28:38 AM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/servando-jose-florentino-ovies-y-rodriguez.html